Gobhi Aloo (Cauliflower & Potato) is a very popular and easy to make homemade dish that every achi bivi should have up her sleeve. It's a great side dish for davats ("invitations" -- when you are having guests over). Most American cauliflower dishes tend to be pretty bland, but as with most Pakistani food, gobhi aloo is not bland in the LEAST.
First you finely cut your small onion (we're talking local grocery store small, not food chain mega sizes). Put it in a medium sized pot and add about a half cup of vegetable/canola oil. Cook the onions in the oil on medium/high heat until they are soft. Add about a tablepoon of cumin seeds and cook for a minute or so.
I always do my prep work first. This saves me time so I don't have to look at the recipe and realize in a panic that I've forgotten to peel the potatoes or chop up some tomatoes or onions... Above is about 2-3 white potatoes (chopped in ~1-inch pieces), a head of cauliflower (broken into flowerettes and sliced), and 2-3 chopped roma tomatoes. If you are fast and want to do it while your onions are cooking, go for it!
Add the cauliflower, tomatoes, potatoes, about a tablespoon of red chili pepper flakes, and about a tablespoon of salt. Add a half cup of water and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce the heat to low and cook for at least 30 minutes until the potatoes are soft.
Chop up about an inch of ginger and thinly slice 2 green chillis and add to the top of the dish for garnish. You should also add about 2 tablespoons of fresh cilantro leaves -- I didn't have any fresh, so I didn't add it this time!
And you are finished!!!
It is a bit spicy and delicious. If you're new to the achi gori bivi life, don't put so many green chillis. Eat with naan or paratha. Enjoy! :)
- 1/2 Cup Vegetable/Canola Oil
- Onion, size of a fist
- 1 Tblsp. Cumin Seed
- Cauliflower 1/2kg (white flower parts sliced in half along the length of the flowers)
- 3 Potatoes, size of a fist (cut in wedges)
- 2 Tomatoes (finely chopped)
- 1 Tblsp. Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
- 1 Tblsp. Salt
- 2 Green Chillis (sliced in half along the length)
- 1 Inch Piece of Ginger (finely chopped)
- 2 Tblsp. Fresh Cilanto Leaves